Grace and Frankie: Season 3, Episode 3 “The Focus Group” (B+)
While it’s clear that Grace and Frankie have an uphill battle to fight to get their product taken seriously, those who try it seem extremely satisfied. Pitching a vibrator to a church group probably wasn’t their best move, but look at how it worked out! Grace is right - Frankie’s hearing definitely hasn’t improved, and her having to repeat something that was said just inches from her ear proves that pretty well. Grace and Frankie do seem to be getting along pretty well at the moment, and it’s good to see them united as they fight together for the same cause rather than at each other’s throats because they’re disagreeing constantly. Though they’re not on the same page about retirement, Robert and Sol did both seem to feel the same way about auditioning for the local play, first hesitant and then all in. Peter delivering the news that Robert was cast as John Adams but Sol didn’t get cast at all was a prelude to some serious awkwardness, made worse by the fact that Robert pointed out, probably trying to be helpful, that there were only twenty-six male roles. We haven’t seen much of Mallory this season, and therefore it was a treat to see her show up to see Brianna and then, for once, stand her ground and call her sister out on not being nice to her and her kids. It was fun to see Brianna and Grace talking about kids and their mutual disdain for them, and Grace’s advice to pick one or two to be nice helped lead to a sweet sisterly moment between the two of them.